The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (the District) is seeking applicants to fill an open vacancy on its Environmental Justice Advisory Group (EJAG). The seat will serve as the At-Large County representative for Fresno.
The EJAG serves as an advisory committee to the District to help it implement its Environmental Justice Strategy. This helps to ensure that all Valley residents, including those from poor and minority communities, have a voice in seeing that the District’s rules, regulations, and policies prove beneficial to everyone.
The open-to-the-public regular meetings of the EJAG provide an opportunity for participants, including community and interested individuals, to learn about upcoming rules, programs, and issues that will be coming before the District’s Governing Board. The meetings provide a means for grass roots participation in District matters so that all of the populations of the Valley may play a role in its mission.
There are 13 members of the EJAG, all of whom must be Valley residents. Eight members are at-large county representatives, two are ethnic, small-business owners, and three are also members of the District’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC). The three CAC members are taken from each of the CAC’s three interest groups: Environmental, Industry/Ag, and City.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) defines Environmental Justice as “… the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys:
- the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and
- equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
In order to be considered, applicants must reside in the San Joaquin Valley and have demonstrated experience and interest in representing ethnic and/or low-income communities. The open position will fill the remaining seat on the EJAG. Applicants should note that EJAG members are considered to be volunteers and will not be compensated for their time nor travel by the District.
The deadline for submitting applications is Friday of this week, April 21, 2016, at 5 p.m. For additional information, including application materials, those interested should contact the District at any of its regional offices in Fresno, Bakersfield, or Modesto.